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Fixing Variations in Health Care Prices (Health Affairs)

In a blog for the website Health Affairs, Dartmouth’s Elliott Fisher and Jonathan Skinner and Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s James Weinstein offer ways to address the problem of health care price variation in the U.S.

“We suggest a short-term solution: The federal Medicare program has in place a complete system of prices for every procedure and treatment,” they write. “It’s not perfect, but it is uniform across regions, with a cost-of-living adjustment that pays more in expensive cities and less in rural areas. If every patient and every insurance company always had the option of paying 125 percent of the Medicare price for any service, we would effectively cap the worst of the price spikes.”

Read the opinion piece.

Date: 03 Sep 2014